Boeddeker Park

Boeddeker Park is the largest open space in the Tenderloin—San Francisco’s most dense and diverse neighborhood with the greatest number of families living below the poverty line. Boeddeker’s prior design failed to meet the needs of the community and rapidly deteriorated into a dangerous and crime-ridden place. Boeddeker’s redesign through the Trust for Public Land (TPL) transforms the open space, and by extension the block, as a safe and inviting landmark park alive with multi-generational gathering and activity.

Anchoring the main visitor entry on Eddy Street, a new community center known as the Clubhouse provides active eyes on the entire park. From the Clubhouse, the path proceeds to negotiate the slope opening into terraced play areas, featuring a basketball and multipurpose courts, an outdoor fitness room, children’s playground, lawn, community garden, and a performance stage. Public art and ample seating pepper the park’s perimeter and terraces. A canopy of preserved and new trees ascribes spatial frames around the outdoor rooms, balancing a sense of enclosure with open sightlines. A model of resource conservation, Boeddeker Park is pilot project for Sustainable SITES Initiative Pilot Project. All stormwater is cleaned and filtered with bio-swales, flow-through planters, and permeable paving, making the whole park a sponge of urban groundwater recharge.

Location

San Francisco, CA

Size

1 acre

Completed

2014

Client

Trust for Public Land (TPL)
City of San Francisco

Team

WRNS (Architect)
Sherwood Design Engineers (Civil Engineer)
TPL - Mary Muszinski, Project Lead (Concept Design)

Scope

Schematic Design - Construction Administration (Landscape Architect of record)

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